©2003 Bryan Burrough and John Helyar; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
The book has lost a lot in transcription, the original is far too heavily abridged. It is too linear, and has lost a lot of its journalistic depth. The book itself, however, is an absolute must.
It's only 3 hours long and the narration (done by the authors) is poor at best.
I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.
I am surprise to find out that the audiobook was a cut-down version from the original book. No wonder it is only 3 hour long. I am abit disappointed..
I'd stick with the unabridged print version. If you definitely want to go the easy route get the HBO feature film starring James Gardner, far more enjoyable and right on point in delivering the lessons behind what could best be described as a greed-fest of Shakespearian proportions.
The flamboyant F. Ross Johnson and what could go down in history as the most famous advertisement slogan never used... "Tastes like shit and smells like a fart."
Get the HBO feature film of the same name, far superior to this audiobook that in reality reads more like a long feature article from Vanity Fair.
Fascinating story. It went by so quickly that I'm sure it left out a lot of details that I would have liked to learn about. I wish Audible had an unabridged version.
The readers are pretty bad, especially one because he read so fast I had to listen at 0.75 speed.
This is stated as one of the all time greats, but after reading it seems the story dosnot come out in an abridged version. Not worth the credits to use on this one.
Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.
Yes. I would have been happier to have spent some more time infact. A 4-5 hour audiobook would have been better, I think.
Way too fast. Cannot blame him alone, I suppose this is a heavily abridged version, and the narrator had to do with what was given to him. But especially with the bids, I believe a bit more of elaboration would have helped.
It must have been already. Would be irresistable.
"Fascinating subject - poorly served."
Anyone interested in the machinations of corporate excess, skulduggery and the financial world should benefit from this. A classic illustration of how the business world has changed from emphasising producing goods of quality and looking after their employees and the communities in which they operate into rapacious profit machines which care only about enriching directors and large shareholders.
The authors are far from being natural or accomplished narrators. Dull and monotonous - although care would need to be taken to ensure that another narrator did not attempt to be too dramatic!
No. The story has been told. No doubt there are many similar cautionary tales - but it was the sheer size of the deal and the place Nabisco held in American consumer culture which made this tale worth telling.
Buy the book instead!
Reads more like a fiction novel than a business book.
A case of history repeating itself. A good general cautionary tale for the business world!
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